Home and Community-Based Services: Exploring Options to Control Costs and Expand Access to Long-Term Care

As the proportion of older adults grows in the United States, providing long-term services and supports (LTSS) is a high priority, particularly for Veterans Health Administration (VHA). How LTSS are provided to aging Veterans or those with disabilities is a key component of serving this growing population. Veterans can access LTSS in an institution or in their home or community. For VHA, it turns out that Veterans may prefer home- and community-based services over institutional care, and there are significant potential cost-savings for VHA in administering LTSS in those preferred settings.

The Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center (PEPReC) published a policy brief examining several distinct VHA programs available to Veterans and their caregivers for home- and community-based LTSS. Read the full brief here.

PEPReC, within the Veterans Health Administration and funded in large part by the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), is a team of health economists, health services and public health researchers, statistical programmers, and policy analysts who engage policymakers to improve Veterans’ lives through evidence-driven innovations using advanced quantitative methods.

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